The family of the actor Nelson Ellis is telling the public how and why he died last week.
Speaking out, we learned that Ellis died from heart failure that directly stemmed from alcohol withdrawals.
The 39 year old actor is known for his role in the HBO series True Bloods as the character Lafayette Reynolds.
The family said that for years Ellis battled his addictions. He abused both alcohol and drugs and even though he tried getting well, his attempts failed attempts.
Unfortunately, this time around was his hardest fall ever when he attempted to kick his addiction to alcohol on his own.
“After many stints in rehab, Nelson attempted to withdraw from alcohol on his own,” the family said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter via his manager Emily Gerson Saines.
“According to his father, during his withdrawal from alcohol he had a blood infection, his kidneys shut down, his liver was swollen, his blood pressure plummeted, and his dear sweet heart raced out of control.
Reports state that Ellis did spend four days in Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn before he passed away.
“Nelsan was ashamed of his addiction and thus was reluctant to talk about it during his life. His family, however, believers that in death he would want his life to serve as cautionary tale in an attempt to help others.” the statement continued.
His family remembers Nelsan as a “gentle, generous and kind soul.” They also said that they would want people to learn from his addiction.
Here are a few tributes from co-stars that were posted over the weekend-
“Crushed today by the loss of my friend and castmate Nelson Ellis. He was a wonderful person, a pioneer, and one of a kind artist, “Joe Manganiello wrote Twitter. Joe Manganiello worked with Nelsan Ellis on True Bloods.
Octavia Spencer also worked with Nelsan Ellis in both “The Help” and “The Soloist” and she said, “Needless to say, he was gorgeous, sexy. But his talent had me speechless… I miss him.”
Octavia said they became “instant friends”
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